Wednesday, January 20, 2016 |
On the 15th edition of CBC's annual battle of the books, five Canadian panellists with very different backgrounds - and a shared fighting spirit - will champion novels that offer different takes on the same theme: starting over. The Canada Reads 2016 books are all about transformation and second chances, including stories of migrants, immigrants and others who are choosing - or forced - to make major changes in their lives.
The 2016 contenders are:
This year, Canada Reads will feature a social media panellist, Azita Ardakani. Azita Ardakani founded Lovesocial, a social media company with the mandate of "connecting people with things that matter," in 2008. Azita will read the books with the rest of Canada and lead the conversation online. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The publisher of the book that wins Canada Reads 2016 will make a financial donation to Frontier College's Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps for First Nation, Métis and Inuit children across Canada, which help address the educational needs of children in remote communities during the summer months.
The debates will take place on March 21-24, 2016. If you are interested in attending the debates live, head to EventBrite for more information.
Bruce Poon Tip is the founder of G Adventures, the largest travel adventure company in the world. A bestselling author and frequent public speaker, he has spoken at TED conferences and at the United Nations.
Birdie is a darkly comic novel that follows a Cree woman as she leaves her northern Alberta home on an adventure that forces her to revisit tragedy in her past.
Bone and Bread is a poignant and complex portrait of two sisters who struggle with their cultural identity when they are orphaned as teens and raised by their traditional Sikh uncle.
In The Illegal, a runner flees his homeland in hopes of starting over in a new country. But when his plans fall through, he must run for his life in this compelling take on the plight of undocumented immigrants everywhere.Lawrence Hill is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, which won Canada Reads in 2009.
Adam "Edge" Copeland is an actor and retired professional wrestler. He holds 31 WWE championships and is the author of a bestselling autobiography.
Michael Winter is the award-winning author of five novels, three collections of short stories and one nonfiction book.
Vinay Virmani is the writer and star of the 2014 hit film Dr. Cabbie. He lives in Toronto.
Set in a small town in India, The Hero's Walk is a lush, intimate look at a troubled family. When his daughter and her husband are killed in a car crash, an Indian man must take in a seven-year-old Canadian granddaughter he has never met.